On July 17, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu delivered prepared remarks before the Exchequer Club entitled “Size, Complexity, and Polarization in Banking.”

These were his first public remarks about the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Cantero v. Bank of America. In that case, the Court reversed a Second Circuit opinion which had held that because of preemption a national bank need not comply with a New York law which requires the payment of 2% interest on residential mortgage escrow accounts.… Continue Reading

Republicans on Capitol Hill have introduced legislation that would require a review of all federal court decisions, laws, regulations and legal cases that used the Chevron Deference Doctrine as the basis for decisions.

The introduction of those bills reflects Congress’s effort to adjust to the post-Chevron world. In that regard, some GOP members of Congress are pressing for a review of cases in which the Chevron Deference Doctrine was used.… Continue Reading

A Florida law that prohibits federal and state depository institutions conducting business in the state from denying services based on religion or political beliefs and activities went into effect on July 1.

State law already prohibited state-chartered financial institutions from denying services based on those issues.

The legislation, HB 989, was passed by the Florida Legislature earlier this year and was signed by Gov.… Continue Reading

On July 11, 2024, the CFPB filed Respondent’s Motion for the Immediate Issuance of the Mandate. In the motion, the CFPB states that they do not plan to seek a rehearing before the same Fifth Circuit or En Banc and requests the Fifth Circuit to issue its mandate forthwith to allow the District Court to entertain further proceedings in the case.… Continue Reading

On July 8, 2024, in the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s credit card late fee rule (Rule), the CFPB filed a notice of supplemental authority in support of their motion to dismiss or transfer the case, a motion to dissolve the preliminary injunction, and a brief to support their motion.

On July 10, 2024, without addressing the merits of the CFPB’s motions, Judge Pittman issued an order to the Clerk to “STRIKE and UNFILE” the above mentioned filings from the docket due to the district court’s lack of jurisdiction until after the Fifth Circuit issues its mandate.… Continue Reading

The CFPB soon plans to issue a final rule that would require certain supervised nonbank entities to register with it and provide information about their use of certain terms and conditions in standard-form contracts for consumer financial products or services that seek to waive or limit consumer rights or legal protections (“Covered Terms”).… Continue Reading

On June 26, 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) released its annual Fair Lending Report (the “Report”) for the calendar year 2023. The reporting period ran through December 31, 2023, so any subsequent fair lending developments are not included.

The first section of the Report covers the CFPB’s fair lending enforcement and supervision activities in 2023.… Continue Reading

The CFPB has released its Summer, 2024 Supervisory Highlights, covering issues ranging from student loan servicing to financial institution supervision of medical providers offering payment products. The report covers the period from April 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023.

Here are key findings from the report:

  • CFPB examiners reported finding several instances of unfair, deceptive or abusive practices at companies servicing auto loans.
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Two federal judges recently said that the Education Department lacked the power to reduce or cancel federal student loans under the SAVE program; an appeals court subsequently lifted the injunction in one case.

In cases filed by Republican state officials, federal judges in Kansas and Missouri, both Democratic appointees, issued injunctions, saying that Congress had not given the Department of Education the power to reduce and cancel those loans as it had planned to do under the SAVE program.… Continue Reading

On July 1, 2024, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Corner Post, Inc. v Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in which the Court determined when a Section 702 claim under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to challenge a final agency action first accrues. In a 6-3 Opinion, the Supreme Court sided with Corner Post in holding that a right of action first accrues when the plaintiff has the right to assert it in court—and in the case of the APA, that is when the plaintiff is injured by final agency action.… Continue Reading